Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale
By Greg Rodgers
Illustrated by Leslie Stall Widener
Silly kids, tricks are for rabbits! Chukfi Rabbit, that is. The laziest--and hungriest--trickster rabbit there is!
Deep in Choctaw Country, Chukfi Rabbit is always figuring out some way to avoid work at all costs. When Bear, Turtle, Fox, and Beaver agree on an everybody-work-together day to build Ms. Possum a new house, Chukfi Rabbit says he's too busy to help. Until he hears there will be a feast to eat after the work is done: cornbread biscuits, grape dumplings, tanchi labona (a delicious Choctaw corn stew), and best of all, fresh, homemade butter! So while everyone else helps build the house, Chukfi helps himself to all that yummy butter! The furry fiend! But this greedy trickster will soon learn that being this lazy is hard work! A classic trickster tale in the Choctaw tradition.
About the Creators
Greg Rodgers is a storyteller and writer. He is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and often tells traditional and contemporary Choctaw stories at schools, libraries, festivals, and tribal events throughout the country. He is currently completing a Ph.d at the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Leslie Widener, born and raised in Oklahoma, now lives in North Texas in a one hundred-year-old farmhouse with her husband, also an illustrator. When she was a child, she explored every inch of her grandparents’ Oklahoma farm, an allotment her grandmother received for her Choctaw ancestry.